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Re: PDF vs. HTML


From: Cheryl D. Wise
Date: May 22, 2004 7:08PM

There are PDF readers for Palm Pilots and Pocket PCs. Don't know about cell
phones but I wouldn't want to read a PDF or even most HTML pages on a cell
phone anyway.

Is there a PDF viewer for WebTV? I've been seeing lots of those devices in
hotel rooms the last year or two.

Cheryl D. Wise
Certified Professional Web Developer
713.353.0139 Office

-----Original Message-----
From: foliot

As we move to a more &quot;web-centric&quot; world, not all participants will be using
Internet Explorer with the Adobe Plugin. I know this may come as a shock to
some, but trust me, it's true. I am not yet aware of an Adobe Acrobat
plugin which works for PDAs, Cell Phones, Web ready refrigerators and car
dashboards, etc. These tools (toys?) are with us now, and will only
continue to proliferate and grow. For this reason, I personally would seek
to ensure that my content is available and accessible to everybody, not just
the people sitting at a desk with a tower or laptop. As others have pointed
out, go ahead and provide the PDF along side the HTML if a print version is
truly required, but if you are going to invest effort converting a document
from Word or Excel into a format that can be shared via the web, why not go
with the original web format - HTML?